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About the Program for Music Majors

Being a music major at Carroll is more than just a course of study; it's a complete lifestyle. Shattuck Music Center is a hub of musical and social activity from sunrise to late into the night.

As a music major you will take weekly private lessons every semester on your principle instrument or voice. Our applied lesson faculty are highly skilled professional musicians active in southeastern Wisconsin, each an expert on his or her instrument.

Every music major participates in one or more ensembles every semester. Many of our students play in more than one, and frequent collaborations between ensemble foster a spirit of cooperation and a shared love of music.

All music majors undertake a set of core music courses in music theory, musicianship, music history, and conducting, as well as specialized coursework for each specific area of study. Learn about Carroll University's specific music degree programs.

Finally, music majors attend live concerts and recitals on a regular basis to support the arts and learn repertoire and performance techniques. Carroll regularly hosts guest performances and masterclasses by outstanding performers and groups through the Dorothy Goff Frisch concert series and the Phyllis Stringham organ recital series and resident professional ensembles including the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jazz Express. Student have the opportunity to hear, meet, and learn from living masters of music.


There is no incoming freshman entrance audition at Carroll. We accept all students as provisional music majors for their first year of study. At the end of the first year, music majors audition for the faculty to be elevated to full music major status.

At the end of the sophomore year, the music faculty meet with every student to discuss career goals and progress.


Some degree programs require a junior and/or senior solo recital. See the specific degree requirements for each degree for full details. We also offer one or more departmental recitals each semester, featuring performance by current students from all levels. Other public performances include recitals for non-majors and chamber music recitals.


Each music degree has its own capstone requirement to be completed in the final semester of study. For the Bachelor of Music Education, this is student teaching in a public school. For the Bachelor of Music Therapy, this is the clinical internship. For the Bachelor of Arts in Music, this may be a performance, project, or paper related to the student's specific interests and career goals.


Upon graduation, our students join the extensive professional alumni network of professional musicians, educators, and administrators. Carroll music graduates hold prominent positions in schools, professional orchestras and performing ensembles, theater companies, fine arts organizations, radio stations, and music festivals.

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